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Beyer for Hall of Fame

Horse Players are crucial to the Horse Racing Industry, yet a Player’s input, dedication or achievement has never been recognized by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. There is no Horseplayer more deserving of that recognition than ANDY BEYER.

 

Andy has been a well respected racing columnist with the Washington Post and Daily Racing Form, but it is his significant contribution to the art of handicapping that makes him the perfect candidate. His influence can be seen everywhere handicapping is described and applied.

 

Andy is most commonly associated with Beyer Speed Figures; the most important handicapping factor in the last thirty years. With the help of the DRF, he has made these figures available and affordable to horseplayers across the country. They have become the de-facto industry standard for trainers, jockey and owners to assess their horse’s ability and competitiveness.

 

Andy has willingly shared his vast handicapping knowledge and methods via books, magazine, television, movies and the internet. In a sport which has had tremendous difficulty attracting a new audience, Andy’s work has had a significant impact by introducing, encouraging and influencing a whole new set of players.

 

In recent years, the Horseplayer has inched forward with industry recognition. Thanks to Steve Crist, with the help of the NTRA and DRF, Horseplayers have achieved a significant milepost by having the National Handicapping Champion recognized and awarded at the prestigious, annual Eclipse Awards. However, that one award alone is not enough. Horseplayers still seem to be the most under appreciated and misunderstood group; the peasants of the great game of racing. Sometimes we bring that stigma on ourselves, but we also witness it perpetuated by media, films and TV shows.

 

Let’s all urge the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame to recognize and induct Andy Beyer as the first Horseplayer. He has done so much to change the game by graciously sharing his knowledge, contributing his methods, and entertaining us with his colorful tales of horse race wagering. His impact will live on in the minds of all those involved in this sport.

 

THANK YOU, ANDY!

 

Written by 2011 NHC Champion, John Doyle 

  

 

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Older Comments about Beyer for Hall of Fame...

People like Hirsch, Charles hatton, Rasmussen, Steve Crist, Beyer, Marshall Cassiday, Tom Durkin and the like.
I have had this talk at out Hall of Fame planning meetings. There should be special categories for those who have made positive contributions to the sport which cannot be pidgeon holed into one category or another, but they should be recognized nonetheless.
while he has contributed to the sport, i say "no". next someone will want tv announcers, stewards, vets.... you dilute the pool and the honor becomes insignificant.
accjimbo, I wish they had a dislike button. I'd keep pressing it for you.
Whatever you think of Beyer personally, he has been GOOD for racing. Most of us moved on away from his handicapping interpretations years and years ago.
THere's not enough room in the HOF for both Beyer and his Ego. The HOF doesn't need another east coast "homer"
Though I don't use Beyer's figures. There is no doubt that his contributions to the sport are revolutionary and an honor that is most fitting.
Good selection, Mike. I believe Joe Hirsch was enshrined in the Hall as a writer, I think.
James Quinn, Quirin, Sartin, Ainlse, Col E.R. BRadley, Pittsburgh Phil, Arnold Rothstein, the speed boys of the 40's (Woody Stepehsn included), Tom Ainsle, Huey Mahl, Ray Talbout, Len Ragozin of the sheets fame, the thorograph crew.......NONE of these ever get the credit they deserve for advancing the game of the bettor.....and probably never will.
Doesn't the Baseball Hall of Fame have a section for writers and broadcasters? He would seem to fit in that category and there are a lot of others that have contributed to racing like Joe Hirsh.
I'm sure there were many before Andy Beyer, that never got the recognition. A couple that come to mind? Pete Axthelm or Harvey Pack.
I have been a part of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and the minimum criterion to get in, is not what you think.....Politics abound
Remember it is a BREEDER dominated arena. They don't want to recognize "gamblers," no matter the significance of their contribution.
Great post, John! Agree that Andy Beyer has made significant contributions to this sport - and he's always got good opinions and ideas. He should get recognized!
Someone should take up the slack for them.
Controversail people never get recongnized for speaking their minds.
People were making speed figures in the 20's and 30's. Andrew Beyer is NOT the original creator of speed figures as we know them.
Andy has been taking a lot flack recently and that baffles me. Andy Beyer transformed the way races are handicapped by introducing speed figures.

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Tony Bada Bing began his lifelong quest of finding winners more than 35 years ago as a fifth grade student. This is when his grandfather first took him to the many Off Track Betting facilities sprinkled throughout Long Island, NY. While many kids his age were clamoring to hit the beach or an amusement park during summer vacation, Bada Bing was spending it in stuffy, smoked-filled rooms filled with retirees and reprobates listening to Marshall Cassidy on tape delay calling Saratoga.

This passion was further lit by his father, who took Bada Bing to East Boston's Suffolk Downs, only after Bada Bing learned to read the Racing Form. For most of his young adult life a summer rotation of NY OTB, Suffolk, and the now shuddered Rockingham Park in Salem, NH filled his betting days. 

Notable winners along the way: Willow Hour's and Runaway Groom's Travers wins as well as Derby winners Grindstone, Thunder Gulch (which he called in print the day before) and Super Saver. His latest quest is to hit the Kentucky Derby superfecta.

Bada Bing plays tournaments at Derby Wars, bets through several account wagering sites and has blogged about Thoroughbred racing for the past four years. He prefers the bigger meets of NYRA and California as well as seasonal meets of Gulfstream, Churchill and Oaklawn. He likes vertical, multirace wagers like Pick 4s.

He has produced several Horse Racing Nation videos, in addition to blogging. He can be found at Twitter @tonycbadabing. While away from the track Bada Bing enjoys time with his wife, who tolerates and supports his passion, and his two children.